The ancestors on my mom’s side of the family were Scottish and Cherokee. Some of the Cherokee ways must have rubbed off on me because I have always enjoyed beading. Any kind of beads – acrylics, glass, gemstones, bone, wood, metal, clay, lampwork, seed beads – you name it, I’ve probably used it.
I finally got my act together and uploaded photos of some of my jewelry to Flickr. There are pictures of available pieces, sold pieces and free sample patterns for use with seed beads. I designed the following loomwork pattern for a small clutch purse but it could be used for an over-sized amulet bag. The design is based on a quilt (Smokey Mountain Stars) made by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Custom Quilting.
Once the beadwork section of my website is completed, you will be able to find patterns, tips and techniques for the different stitches. Until then, here are some links to a few of my favorite jewelry and beading websites:
|Fire Mountain Gems – http://www.firemountaingems.com/|
|Jerry Smith Beads – http://www.jsbeads.com/|
|Beadworkers – http://beadworkers.tribe.net/|
|Jewelry and Beading – http://www.jewelryandbeading.com/|
|Bead & Button – www.beadandbutton.com/|